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Sunday 21 September 2014

July was NOT a heatwave!

Padraig Byrne

Published 06/08/2013 | 05:30

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WHILE most people in Wexford will feel that the 'sunny south east' lived up to its name throughout July this year, you might be shocked to hear that Wexford in actual fact didn't experience a heatwave by Met Éireann's strict definitions.

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While most people in Wexford will feel that the 'sunny south east' lived up to its name throughout July this year, you might be shocked to hear that Wexford in actual fact didn't experience a heatwave by Met Éireann's strict definitions.

While a lot of us were heading for the beach at any chance we could get and covering ourselves from head to toe in suncream, Wexford did not experience a 'heatwave', rather just some hot weather.

A spokesman for Met Éireann said: 'A lot of places around the country had what we would determine a "heatwave" – which is at least five consecutive days where the temperature reaches more than 25 degrees.

However, figures from our monitoring station at Johnstown Castle shows that unfortunately Wexford didn't reach five consecutive days and thus did not in actual fact experience a heatwave.'

The mean temperature for the month of July recorded at Johnstown Castle stands at 17.0 degrees celsius and while that figure might not necessarily impress you, it still stands a substantial three degrees warmer than the mean temperature for July of last year.

The Met Éireann spokesman said: 'Although it was not a "heatwave" by definition, it was still very warm and the mean temperature for July at Johnstown Castle still stands about two degrees above the national average for this time of year.'

In the past couple of weeks, the Irish weather has settled back into its unpredictable self, with heavy downpours threatening to ruin barbecues and picnics for everyone.

In Wexford town last week gorse fires occurred and buildings were damaged by flooding in a space of less than 24 hours.

Despite the showers of torrential rain which caused some damage to buildings, the figure for rainfall at Johnstown Castle remained low for the month of July, and on July 30 measured just 11.3 millimetres.

However, the month finished with a massive downpour last Wednesday and a further 18.6 millimetres of rain fell, bringing the total measured rainfall from Johnstown Castle for the month to 29.9.

Although the rainfall on the final day of July more than doubled the total figure for the month, it's still relatively insignificant when compared to figures from July of last year when a massive 108.5 millimetres of rain were recorded.

'It has been a warm and dry summer,' said the Met Éireann spokesman. 'The last time Ireland recorded a heatwave would have been back in 2006 and before that it was 2003 and then it goes back another eight years to 1995.'

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